Va. volunteer fire dept. gives up EMS license
Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tracy Martin said the volunteers voted to stop responding to EMS calls because they felt unneeded
By EMS1 Staff
CRAIGSVILLE, Va. — A volunteer fire department relinquished its EMS license.
News Leader reported that the Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department voted to give up its EMS license because they felt the paid staff of the Craigsville-Augusta Springs Rescue Squad was doing all of the work and leaving them on the sidelines.
“They’re standing there with their hands in their pockets,” CVFD Chief Tracy Martin said.
Martin added that the volunteers were not given the opportunity to use their skills, and the discouragement turned into a lack of desire to respond to calls. In total, 18 calls were missed as a result.
Pastures Magisterial District Supervisor Pam Carter said she has plans to discuss with the volunteers how to reinstate the department’s EMS license.
“If that’s how the volunteers feel, we have to figure out how to address that,” she said.
Calls that occur while the Craigsville-Augusta Springs Rescue Squad is busy will be routed to departments outside of the area instead of the volunteer department, according to Carter.
“We have fought through it because we still feel like we have an obligation to the people who live in this town,” Martin said. “Now, I still feel like I have that obligation, but I don’t have people who want to run those calls.”
Martin said the license cost the department $10,000 to $15,000 a year.
“I can’t keep this license, that’s my biggest issue,” he said.